As public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving, continues to grow, many states have instituted distracted driving laws and regulations. Additionally, federal trucking regulations now prohibit truck drivers from texting or using a cell phone behind the wheel, except hands-free systems. In this video, attorney Caleb Walker explains these laws and discusses certain drawbacks.
Driver distraction based on cell phone use and texting has become a topic in the last few years. And the trucking industry is still working out how to deal with that issue. There are some enforceable regulations, but the enforceable regulations are fairly basic. And don’t necessarily cover what we would consider to be dangerous distracted driving. So, for instance, the federal regulation requires truck drivers to not text at all while driving. But they’re allowed to use a cell phone as long as they use a hands-free Bluetooth type device. And that regulation, there’s no limit on how long they can talk while driving. What situations they can talk in while driving. As far as heavy traffic. Difficult turns and interchanges. So, the actual federal rule on that issue, it’s a basic safety floor but it doesn’t necessarily cover all the situations that could result in dangerous driving and injure people. For more information, go to our website at www.McArthurLawFirm.com. Or call us directly at 1-888-WE-FIGHT.